The one-year loan from goalkeeper Lorius Karius turned out to be a pure media gag for 1. FC Union Berlin. In total, the 28-year-old only made five appearances for the capital city club and also said goodbye loudly to his home club, Liverpool FC. Union has now responded to the allegations made by Karius to coach Urs Fischer and the club.
“Of course I was told when I switched that I was playing, otherwise I would not have come. The idea of performance was definitely on the back burner,” Karius recently told the picture on his disappointing return to the Bundesliga.
After an appearance in the second DFB Cup round in December 2020, in which Union lost 3-2 to SC Paderborn and Karius gave a more than unhappy figure at least twice, the former Mainz player was only allowed to play four times in the Bundesliga, as a regular goalkeeper Andreas Luthe had to pass.
After the loan from Liverpool FC was rather suboptimal for everyone involved, Karius insisted on verbalising his frustration and putting the Köpenicker in a bad light. The club responded to the allegations.
“Basically, we do not give players that we commit, no guarantees or promise regular places,” said Unions managing director of sport, Oliver Ruhnert, now opposite the picture clear. It is unclear why Karius even got involved in the loan if one did not want to promise him the position of number one.
But this question was asked shortly after the deal became known in September 2020, because with Andreas Luthe Union had previously found a suitable keeper to succeed Rafal Gikiewicz, who had migrated to Augsburg.
Union probably promised a tough competition between the experienced Luthe and the former high-flyer Karius. But apparently Karius couldn’t work his way past Luthe in training, and he didn’t use his chance in the said DFB Cup game at all.
Ultimately, it is unclear who made what to whom. But the fact is that Karius was not able to convince during his performances. In addition, there is no need for any discussion about the alleged lack of “performance”, as Union finished seventh at the end of a strong season and thus reached the Conference League – with Luthe as the regular goalkeeper.
The international participation is a great success for the Köpenicker, which would certainly not have been possible if coach Urs Fischer or other responsible persons had only positioned on the basis of sympathy.
Thus, Loris Karius’ allegations fizzled out before the public reaction of the club. Ruhnert’s statements may still need to be questioned, but to a certain extent they represent a conclusion to this infantile topic.
To put it another way: If Union reached the Conference League with the “worse” keeper, would Karius have led the Berliners to the Champions League or to the championship title straight away?